Mack­erel comp ex­cites an­glers

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -

A re­minder that the Whit­sun­day Game Fish Club’s Mack­erel Chal­lenge is on this week­end and runs from Fri­day to Sun­day.

IS­LANDS

THE Mack­erel Chal­lenge is on this week­end, so here are a few tips on catch­ing the mighty fish in the Whit­sun­days. The best bait to use is rib­bon fish, by ei­ther trolling or float­ing the bait with ganged hooks. Garfish or live fusiliers are also good baits. Try fish­ing early morn­ing or late af­ter­noon for best re­sults.

If you pre­fer to use lures, any shiny me­tal lure is rec­om­mended as mack­erel are at­tracted to the flash in the wa­ter. Halco LaserPro is a good op­tion.

Look for tur­bu­lent wa­ter around the head­lands for the best places to fish.

ROCKWALLS

There are still span­gled em­peror about, as well as flat­head and win­ter whit­ing. Try cast­ing white bait for the flat­ties and prawns or beach worms for the whit­ing. Ge­off Philp Air­lie Bait and Tackle

DAM

It is hard work find­ing barra at the dam now the tem­per­a­ture has dropped. The shal­low wa­ter is cool­ing down dur­ing the night so try the deeper wa­ter near the creek drains where the wa­ter is warmer for the best re­sults.

RIVER

There should be salmon in the rivers. The tides are still big over the week­end, so your best op­tion may be to head out to the is­lands and try for some mack­erel. Colin Slade Proser­pine Bait and Tackle

REEF

Fish­ing at the reef has been steady this last week. The mack- erel bite is in­creas­ing with the build­ing tides to the dark moon.

This week­end will be great for chas­ing Span­ish mack­erel if the weather proves suit­able. Ash­ley Matthews Sea Fever Fish­ing Char­ters

COLOUR­FUL CATCH: Barry Wed­ner from Bris­bane caught this coral trout on­board Reel Deal, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing Char­ters.

FIRST FISH: Jake Varsell with his first ever fish, caught at Boathaven Beach at Port of Air­lie.

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